Colloidal and Ionic Silver Benefits And How To Make It

Colloidal and Ionic Silver Benefits And How To Make It

Hello, Backroads Homesteading family! It’s Ryan here, and today I’d like to share some incredible information about colloidal silver and its myriad of benefits. Because Silver is highly suppressed by big tech and big pharma, I’ve included proof of studies related to these beneficial claims. Do your homework, and see that Silver has been used for generations and makes a great addition to your preps. Silver isn’t just for jewelry; it’s an ancient and natural all-purpose immune supporter with a history of wiping out bacterial infections without compromising your immune system like antibiotics do.

Silver vanished from the medicinal market in the early 20th century because it couldn’t be patented or fetch extraordinary profits for the pharmaceutical industry. However, in modern lab tests, silver is regaining its fame as a safe, multi-purpose bacterial killer, known to kill superbugs (e.g., MRSA) and tested against 650 common and exotic infections and diseases.

Silver may be the all-natural solution against bugs and bacteria wreaking havoc on your health. Repeated antibiotic use strengthens bacterial strains and weakens the immune system.

Silver have also become the most widely used sterilizing nanomaterials in consuming and medical products, for instance, textiles, food storage bags, refrigerator surfaces, and personal care products.

Here are 51 researched benefits of silver:

  1. Throat Ailments: Silver can wipe out common throat issues like strep throat.
  2. Ear Infections: Just ten drops of silver in the ear can aid in clearing up infections.
  3. Eye Infections: Quality colloidal silver can soothe and eliminate infections like conjunctivitis and stys.
  4. Sinus and Respiratory Infections: It’s been shown to treat rhinosinusitis in sheep, suggesting it can clear human sinus and upper respiratory infections.
  5. Influenza: Silver ions show promise in inactivating the flu and potentially other viruses.
  6. Anti-Inflammatory: Silver nanoparticles have been successful in promoting anti-inflammatory properties.
  7. Pneumonia Prevention: Silver-coated tubes show promise in preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia.
  8. Urinary Tract Infections: Silver products on the urinary tract can help treat UTIs.
  9. Immune System Boost: Over time, silver can boost the immune system to fight infection.
  10. Parasites: Silver nanoparticles show promise against blood-feeding parasites.
  11. Oral Health: Swishing silver in the mouth can prevent plaque buildup, tooth decay, and bleeding gums.
  12. Digestion: Silver promotes optimal digestion.
  13. Food Poisoning: Digested silver quickly combats food poisoning.
  14. Mold and Mildew: Silver can kill mold (including black mold) and mildew on surfaces throughout the home.
  15. Healing: Applying silver products on cuts, sores, and boils promotes healing.
  16. Rashes: Applying silver to rashes can aid in soothing itches.
  17. Fungal Infections: Silver has the ability to kill various fungi, including athlete’s foot and nail fungi.
  18. Staph Infections: Silver has been successfully used to kill staph infections, including MRSA.
  19. Burns: Applying silver to burns, especially sunburns, can soothe and heal.
  20. Herpes: Silver has shown success in inactivating the herpes simplex virus.
  21. HIV/AIDS: Silver-infused water has been used to support HIV/AIDS intervention.
  22. Cancer: Silver has been shown to kill cancerous cells and has been considered as an alternative treatment to chemotherapy.
  23. Insect Bites: Silver applied to insect bites provides relief from itches.
  24. Ringworms: Silver applied to infected areas can kill ringworms.
  25. Yeast Infections: Silver applied to the vaginal area can combat yeast infections.
  26. Jock Itch: Relief from jock itch can be found through applying silver around the affected area.
  27. Acne: Silver’s antibacterial properties can provide relief from acne breakouts.
  28. Scalp Health: Applying silver to the scalp can relieve itchy scalp and dandruff.
  29. Laryngitis: When ingested, silver shows promise in treating laryngitis.
  30. Eczema: Silver’s ability to kill single-cell organisms allows it to treat eczema when applied to the affected area.
  31. Psoriasis: Silver shows promise in treating psoriasis.
  32. Water Purification: Silver purifies water that has germ contaminants present.
  33. Airline Filters: Silver is used in many airline filters to prevent waterborne diseases.
  34. Food Preservation: When applied to mayonnaise and dairy products, silver prevents salmonella growth.
  35. Condiment Preservation: Ketchup, mustard, relish, and other condiments get a prolonged life with the addition of silver.
  36. Lyme Disease: Silver’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties can help treat Lyme disease.
  37. Common Cold: Silver’s antiviral properties help combat the common cold.
  38. Hair Growth: When applied to the scalp, silver can promote hair growth.
  39. Warts: Sixty-six percent of patients in a trial found that their warts regressed when silver was applied.
  40. Asthma: Silver’s anti-microbial properties have shown promise in stopping asthma attacks.
  41. Whooping Cough: When ingested, silver has the ability to combat whooping cough.
  42. Multiple Sclerosis: Using colloidal silver regularly allowed one woman to treat her Multiple Sclerosis.
  43. Crohn’s Disease: Silver can minimize symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
  44. Pet Health: When ingested, silver can heal a pet’s stomach ache.
  45. Pet Skin Issues: Silver can heal pet skin issues such as rashes and ringworm.
  46. Odor Control: When pets leave messes on the floor or carpet, silver can get rid of nasty odors.
  47. Infection Prevention: Applying silver to cuts helps treat both human and pet infections.
  48. Pet Infection Prevention: Applying silver on cuts can prevent infections in pets.
  49. Fungal Prevention: Silver has the ability to keep pets fungi-free.
  50. Traveler’s Diarrhea: Colloidal silver can penetrate the large intestine and treat traveler’s diarrhea and cholera.
  51. Hepatitis B & C: Silver has the ability to inhibit both Hepatitis B & C viruses.

A little more on the pet care – We all know that not every human medication is suitable for our beloved pets, and it’s crucial to consult with your vet before administering any medicine to your furry companion. However, if you’re looking to avoid the hassle and expense of a vet visit and the potential ineffectiveness of antibiotics, colloidal silver might be worth considering. Whether your pet is dealing with a cold, ringworm, a cut or burn, an ear infection, or eye inflammation, colloidal silver could be a gentle and effective alternative. Its non-irritating nature allows for direct application to wounds, ears, or eyes without causing discomfort. Plus, it’s a great option to consider if you’re concerned about antibiotic resistance.

How we make Colloidal and Ionic Silver –

Silver Lungs System

While there are many options for making Ionic and Colloidal Silver, we found the best kit for consistent results to be the Silver Lungs system. https://amzn.to/3R3JUpT (Affiliate Link) The SilverLungs Generator Deluxe Kit is a comprehensive solution for those interested in producing their own colloidal silver. Here’s how it works.

If you’d like to try some of the Silvers first, here’s our listings in our online shop. Be aware we only ship our liquids into the snow belt once the danger of freezing has passed. You do not want to freeze any Silver solution as it’ll pull the Silver out of the water and accumulate on the bottom of the glass. Sure, you can shake it back up again, but the particle size will have changed rending it less effective.

Protecting Our Furry Friend

Protecting Our Furry Friend

Seresto’s Flea & Tick Collar

Hey there, Ryan here from Backroads Homesteading! Today, I’m excited to share our recent experience with a product that’s made a big difference for our beloved dog, Maddie. We’re talking about the Seresto Large Dog Vet-Recommended Flea & Tick Treatment & Prevention Collar for Dogs Over 18 lbs. With 8 months of protection, this collar has been a game-changer in keeping Maddie safe from those pesky fleas and ticks.

As many of you know, Maddie is not just a pet; she’s a part of our family. We love taking her on adventures in the great outdoors, but with that comes the risk of fleas and ticks. That’s why we decided to try out the Seresto collar, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

In our latest video, we demonstrate how easy it is to open the product and put it on Maddie. The collar is designed for dogs over 18 lbs and provides 8 months of continuous protection against fleas and ticks. It’s vet-recommended, which gave us peace of mind knowing we were using a trusted product.

We do what we can to keep our property free of ticks and bugs by managing habitat and keeping the grass low, but fleas, ticks, and other insects are just part of life out here. We will not spray chemical treatments on our homestead so It’s such a relief to know she’s protected, especially during our outdoor adventures. The collar is also water-resistant, so Maddie can still enjoy her swims without any worries.

If you’re looking for a reliable flea and tick treatment for your furry friend, we highly recommend the Seresto collar. It’s easy to use, long-lasting, and most importantly, effective.

As always, we value transparency with our community. We want to disclose that we are part of the Amazon Associates Program, and this post contains affiliate links. This means that if you decide to purchase the Seresto collar through our link, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It’s a great way to support our channel and help us continue to bring you valuable content.

Thanks for tuning in, and if you have any questions or experiences with the Seresto collar, feel free to share them in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out our video to see how easy it is to protect your furry friend from fleas and ticks!

Until next time, keep homesteading and keep growing!


Spray Foaming With Vega Purple Insulation

Spray Foaming With Vega Purple Insulation

Last week, when it wasn’t snowing and it was 70°+ degrees and full sun, I set out to try the Vega Bond SF001 Premium Single Component Self Expanding, Purplecoat Closed Cell Insulation Spray Foam, Acoustic Spray. It was a fun learning experience to see if this application would work for the rest of the construction projects. We need a lot of foam going forward!

Would we get another kit to do more? I think so. This stuff works pretty well. Below, here’s what it looks like with the R19 insulation on top of the spray foam and then the radiant barrier and tongue and groove. Should look pretty good when done.

For those who follow our journey, you know we’re all about DIY and learning as we go. This project was no different, and I’m here to take you through the highs, the lows, and the sticky situations (quite literally).

We kicked off this project with the goal of tackling the radiant heat in one of our rooms. The radiant heat was intense, and after sealing some cracks, it was time to bring in the big guns—or should I say, the big cans of Vega (or VGA) foam insulation. This purple foam promised to be our savior, despite my initial struggle with the backlight during filming. Lesson one in spray foaming: camera angles matter, folks.

Applying the foam was a new experience for us. The instructions were clear—keep the can 12 to 18 inches away from the surface, and make sure to apply it during the correct temperature window. Our first attempt went pretty well, and I was feeling optimistic. That was until we decided to switch tips for better coverage in the corners. Spoiler alert: it got messy.

The new tip gave us more control but made starting and stopping a Herculean task. After a somewhat comedic struggle, we swapped for a flat tip, which significantly improved our technique. This little adventure taught us the importance of choosing the right tool for the job—spray foam is forgiving, but only to a point.

Spray Foam Unboxing Video

Taking a break and coming back for round two, I gained a newfound respect for professional foamers. The heat, the mess, the precision required—it’s not for the faint-hearted. But, as we progressed, the Vega kit proved its worth, equipped with everything we needed for the project. Buying the kit on Amazon came with a substantial discount for the second purchase, which will be a nice bonus.

We managed to cover a 12×12 room’s ceiling to a depth of 1 to 3 inches with 12 cans. The learning curve was sorta steepish; understanding the can’s pressure dynamics was crucial. The first few applications might test your patience, but it gets easier, I promise. And let me tell you, this foam grips like a dream. It adhered to every surface, impressing even a skeptic like me.

This project was a rollercoaster of emotions and foam. From the initial backlit confusion to the messy triumphs with various nozzles, it’s been a journey. The Vega Bond foam exceeded our expectations, and while we may have been novices at the start, I feel pretty confident in our foaming skills now.

To those contemplating a similar project, dive in. It’s messy, it’s challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. And to the professionals out there, consider this a tip of the hat. Your job is tough, and we’ve got nothing but respect for the work you do.

Until our next adventure on the homestead—be it back roads, DIY, or another round of spray foam—this is Ryan signing off. Keep tackling those projects, and we’ll see you in the next blog post.

Fencing The Homestead | Bucket Driver/Puller Tool

Fencing The Homestead | Bucket Driver/Puller Tool

Hey everyone, Ryan here from Backroads Homesteading, and I’m thrilled to share our latest adventure in upgrading our homestead’s infrastructure. Today, I’m diving into how we’ve tackled the daunting task of fencing – a critical project for any homesteader, gardener, rancher, or farmer out there.

Our journey began with the realization that we needed a more efficient, less taxing way to install fences around our property. Like many of you, we started with a manual post pounder, which, while effective, isn’t exactly a friend to your hands or your time. In our search for a better solution, we stumbled upon a game-changing tool that I had to share with you all: the Buckte T Post Driver and Puller.

This innovative system from Bucket Driver, based out of Oklahoma, caught our eye primarily because it didn’t have much in the way of reviews, and we were curious to see if it lived up to its promises. The setup is brilliantly simple yet effective. It attaches to the bucket of a tractor – and with a few adjustments to ensure the base is flat, you’re ready to go. This device not only drives posts into the ground with the tractor’s bucket but also allows for the posts to be pulled out, thanks to a clever mechanism that grips the T-posts securely.

We had some initial concerns about whether our tractor was up to the task, but the Bucket Driver system is designed to work with a wide range of machinery. A minimum of 20-25 horsepower is recommended, which means most tractors, skid steers, and even front-end loaders can handle this system with ease. And if you’re worried about compatibility, Bucket Driver has thought of that too – offering different brackets to accommodate various bucket thicknesses.

One of the most appreciated features of this system is its ability to adjust to the angle of the bucket, ensuring the post remains straight during the driving process. Additionally, the post puller feature is a game-changer for us. It’s an affordable, efficient way to remove old posts or adjust your fencing layout without additional equipment.

During our test run, we found the installation process to be straightforward. The included washers help level the bottom of the device on the bucket, but we found we didn’t need them. The device attaches securely to the tractor’s bucket, and its swivel feature is a real work-saver, accommodating posts facing any direction.

The true test came when we started driving posts into the ground. The recent rain had softened the soil, making our job a bit easier, but the Bucket Driver system proved its worth by significantly reducing the time and effort required to install each post. We spaced our posts about 20 feet apart, mindful of avoiding underground utilities (always call 811 before you dig!).

Another aspect we loved was the ability to repurpose old, slightly bent fence posts. This not only saved us money but also aligned with our commitment to sustainability. The Bucket Driver system allowed us to drive these recycled posts into the ground with ease, breathing new life into materials that would otherwise go to waste.

For those interested, we’ve included affiliate links. These links support our homestead at no extra cost to you. We bought this product at retail price, just like anyone else, and I must say, the investment was worth every penny. Not only does purchasing directly from the manufacturer save money, but you’re also getting a high-quality, American-made product with excellent customer support.

In conclusion, the Bucket Driver and Puller system has been a revelation for us here at Backroads Homesteading. It’s made our fencing project much more manageable, saving us time, labor, and resources. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to install or upgrade their fencing. It’s a stellar example of American ingenuity and manufacturing at its best.

Thanks for joining me in this post. If you found this information helpful, please like, share, and subscribe for more tips and tricks from our homestead to yours. Until next time, this is Ryan, signing off.

Protecting The Homestead

How to protect the homestead.

It’s another beautiful day, and as the sun rises, our thoughts are firmly on the future of our homestead. Our mission is clear: safeguard our fields, our animals, and our dreams. These lands are more than just dirt and grass; they’re the foundation of our livelihood and the promise of a sustainable future.

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Protecting our homestead is an undertaking that demands our full attention and dedication. Our commitment to growing food, raising livestock, nurturing bees, worms, and enriching the soil forms the backbone of our daily lives. Yet, without proper protection, all our efforts could be in vain. The presence of predators and the constant challenge of keeping them at bay necessitate a robust defense strategy. It’s a reality that has led us to invest significantly in fencing, a decision not made lightly given its implications in terms of time and financial resources.

Our approach to safeguarding the homestead is multifaceted. We’re experimenting with a variety of tools and technologies, including a solar fence energizer and various types of electric fence setups. Our goal is to find the most effective solutions to protect both our livestock and our gardens. This includes the strategic placement of electric wires and the innovative use of physical barriers to deter deer, known for their tricky depth perception. By staggering fence lines, we aim to create a deterrent that keeps our strong local deer population at bay.

The challenges we face are not small. From managing a herd of 10 to 20 deer to clearing brush and barb wire, every task is a step towards a more secure and productive homestead. Our plans are ambitious, ranging from repurposing land for sheep pastures to relocating chicken coops closer to the farmstead, all in the pursuit of a well-protected agricultural area.

With the arrival of spring signaled by the geese heading north, we’re reminded of the cycles of nature and the importance of preparation. Clearing trees, dealing with underbrush, and setting up electric and barbed fences are all part of our daily rhythm. The introduction of technology, like the battery-operated chainsaw, has made these tasks more manageable, allowing us to efficiently maintain our land.

Beyond the physical work, there’s a significant emphasis on community and relationships. Whether it’s negotiating with neighbors for land use or envisioning agritourism opportunities, we understand that successful homesteading is as much about people as it is about the land. We’re looking forward to hosting interns, engaging with local students, and opening our doors to those curious about the homesteading lifestyle.

Our journey is a testament to the learning process, a constant balance of ambition and practicality. While we may dream big, we’re always ready to adapt, learning from each challenge and opportunity. Whether this homestead remains our forever home or a stepping stone to larger ventures, our commitment to sustainable living, community building, and environmental stewardship remains unwavering.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Your support, whether through watching our videos, sharing our story, or subscribing to our channel, means the world to us. Together, we’re not just protecting a piece of land; we’re nurturing a way of life that respects the earth and fosters a sense of community.

Burning A Fence Line

We tackled phase two of our project: creating a burn line along our fence line. With the help of the Burnomatic – the ultimate torch, we initiated this process about a week ago. We strategically burned a path down the fence line, trimmed the grass short on both sides, and then, as luck would have it, the heavens opened up, drenching the area thoroughly.

The aftermath of the rain was perfect; the grass along our freshly burned line wilted away, leaving a clear path. We then ignited a controlled grass line fire, allowing it to slowly follow the pre-burned path. This method proved to be fuel-efficient, allowing the fire to consume the dead grass at a measured pace.

However, this isn’t a task for the faint-hearted or inexperienced. Controlled burns require a deep understanding of the environment and conditions. For starters, the grass needs to be short, the wind minimal and predictable, and the ground saturated from recent rains. The importance of monitoring the burn cannot be overstated – this is not a set-and-forget situation.

I strongly advise against attempting this without proper experience or guidance. In fact, partnering with knowledgeable folks or involving your local fire department is a wise move. Controlled burns, when done correctly, offer a swift means to clear fence lines but demand respect for the forces at play.

Our goal was to prepare the ground for our upcoming project – installing a seven-strand electrical fence. The burn line ensures that the base of the fence is as close to the ground as possible, ideally within a six-inch margin, to prevent any undergrowth from contacting the fence.

To sum up, burning a fence line is a practical, efficient method to clear vegetation, but it’s essential to approach this method with caution, knowledge, and respect for the potential risks involved. Work safe, and happy homesteading!

Testing Soil and Trailer Mods

Testing Soil and Trailer Mods

This week, we started testing the soil with the university and extension. We also built some trailer sides so we can bring in more soil, mulch, and more. I put a voice changer in just for funzies.

The video kicks off with a rundown on why it’s super crucial to check out the soil for gardens and fields. Lucky for folks around here, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture offers soil testing services. The whole process gets broken down, especially the part about snagging a bunch of soil samples from different spots in a zigzag pattern to really get the full picture of the soil’s condition.

Then there’s a bit where the favorite tool for the job, the “corana soil Digger upper,” gets some spotlight. It’s a champ at scooping up and cleaning those muddy samples. While getting hands-on with the sampling, the video sheds light on the cool fact that finding earthworms is like a high-five from Mother Nature, signaling healthy soil. There’s also a real moment shared about the tiny mishap of touching the soil samples directly and having to redo that part to keep the test accurate. It’s all about the ups and downs of the learning curve.

Later on, the scene shifts to some trailer tinkering. It’s all about transforming a Caravan trailer into a versatile beast for hauling everything from compost to brush. The video walks through adding sides to the trailer, making it a real MVP for any homesteading task. It’s a great peek for anyone into DIY and making things more efficient.

So that’s the scoop on the latest video – a blend of practical tips, a dash of mishaps, and a whole lot of making things better, one step at a time.